Sunday, April 23, 2017

Pinterest Food Find-Swedish Meatballs

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wow these were delish!  I subbed Ground Turkey meat and chicken broth, served over egg noodles.

photo and recipe credit: Damn Delicious


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1/2 cup Panko*
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste


  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves


  1. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion, and cook, stirring frequently, until onions have become translucent, about 2-3 minutes.
  2. In a large bowl, combine ground beef, ground pork, Panko, egg yolks, allspice, nutmeg and cooked onion; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Using a wooden spoon or clean hands, stir until well combined. Roll the mixture into 1 1/4-to-1 1/2-inch meatballs, forming about 24 meatballs.
  3. Add remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil to the skillet. Add meatballs, in batches, and cook until all sides are browned, about 4-5 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate.
  4. To make the gravy, melt butter in the skillet. Whisk in flour until lightly browned, about 1 minute. Gradually whisk in beef broth and cook, whisking constantly, until slightly thickened, about 1-2 minutes. Stir in sour cream; season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  5. Stir in meatballs and cook, stirring occasionally, until heated through and thickened, about 8-10 minutes.
  6. Serve immediately, garnished with parsley, if desired.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Waite Clan

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We took these family pictures at Thanksgiving this past year using a remote-I always sign wedding registries and family letters-the Waite Clan, so I thought- "why not do a layout with that title?"
I loved using Our Story kit from Scrapbook Circle for this one-the background paper is ONE sheet-isn't it FANTASTIC?
Here are a few closeups:
 I just love the shine of the gold!  Thanks for the visit today!!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

April Kudos-The Flawless Four!

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Okay the other day I talked a little about the April Kudos for Younique-I'm telling ya this is a WHOPPER of a deal, but I think what's more impressive is the coverage:

(Younique makeup contains high quality ingredients to enrich the skin. Never tested on animals, paraben free, soy/gluten free, PABA/BPA free. Younique's goal is to provide healthy, clean, and pure cosmetics.)

FYI-you get your choice of concealer AND foundation (13 shades available). This sale ends April 30!! Is available in 11 countries-click on the flag in the upper right hand corner! If you have ANY questions just let me know!

DIRECT link can be found HERE.

Thanks for the visit today!!

Monday, April 17, 2017


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Do you EVER have those workouts that totally wipe you out?!  The day I took this picture was one of those days!  I tell ya, my girl was training for her College track team and I decided to do sprints with her-I hadn't really done sprints in like ummm...20 something years!  Honestly though I didn't do to bad for an OLD lady! ;)
 Up close and personal:
 For this layout I LOVED using the March Kit from Scrapbook Circle titled; Our Story.  Super fun embellishments and paper-the colors were seriously AMAZING to work with!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

The Flawless Four

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Have you heard about the Flawless Four?  This month's kudos, special for Younique is the Flawless Four:

-Liquid Foundation brush

This combination has truly changed my foundation and finished look.
1. Fresh Face.
2. Flawless Four.
3. Full Face

On Thursday April 13, from 8-9pm MST my team is holding a Facebook Event with giveaways, tips, and information-if you would like to be part of the party please let me know and I can get you an invite!

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Happy Summer-yes please!

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I LOVE summer-a time with no schedule and play time-this past summer was special because we got to spend time with cousins-these two have been buddies since they were little.  The background and papers are from the Happy Place kit from Scrapbook Circle--SO fun!

Here are a few closeups:

 For the background cut I cut it in white and then use my water colors and painted the background--I used the colors that are in my son's shirt.  LOVE how it turned out!
Thanks SO much for the visit today!

Monday, March 20, 2017

Prom girls.

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I have to confess I LOVE flowers.  I love them on pattern paper, as embellishments, shapes–you name it, I gravitate toward it!  So when I saw the Doodle Daisy background I HAD to use it, and that was even before I knew what I would use it for! 😉  I looked through my pictures and found some of my daughter and her friends at Prom-their dresses matched the paper in the kit and the cut was perfect!
I wanted to use something fun and whimsical for the title so I used the Simple Set Alpha.  I cut everything out in white card stock and sprayed it with Color Shine to match the colors in the picture and paper.  I love this combo!
Thanks SO much for the visit today!!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

my boys.

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Have you ever loved a patterned paper and thought, “there’s pink on it–I can only use it for girls?”  Honestly, I used to think that to myself quite a bit!  I would fall in love with a paper and think that VERY same thing–I started quite a collection of my favorite “feminine” paper and then realized I was being ridiculous!  This same thought could definitely be used for more “masculine” papers….I started a new philosophy, if I like the paper I’m going to USE the paper!

I really LOVE the bright fun colors and prints in the Happy Place kit this month–SO much goodness!  I knew I wanted to use as much of it as I could!  I love that I could incorporate so many pattern papers on one page-a challenge?  Yep!  But I tried to stay true to my first two papers  that matte my pictures, the orange stripe and black and white squares.  I think it all came together to show the colorful personalities of my two handsome boys!

here is a closeup:

thanks for the visit today!!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Brow Palette!

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I have found a NEW favorites in the Moodstruck Brow Obsession Palette and Brow Artist Brush.

Don't get me wrong I still love my Brow liner for a quick touch up on my eyebrows but this Palette is AMAZING!  Let me explain why, this comes in three shades. Blonde, Brunette, and Dark Brunette/Black.  I love that this gives me a natural look without going overboard.  Also, this palette will last me FOREVER-that right there is a BONUS!  With this brow artist brush gives me control on both ends.  The flat end is used to apply the wax to the top of my eyebrows.

Here is a closeup look of the inside of the palette:

The pink and cream colors are highlighters to accentuate your eyebrows.  Here is how to apply:
  1. Apply the light powder using the angled end of the Brow Artist Brush to fill in brows, paying special attention to sparse areas.
  2. Apply the dark powder to outline, define and create your desired brow shape also with the angled end of the Brow Artist Brush. **Tip: When creating the outline of your chosen brow shape, apply the darker powder wet for a clean, defined, application.
  3. Apply the matte highlighter to brow bone and above the tail of your brow for ultimate definition and brightening. **Tip: Apply the highlighter with the angled end of your clean Brow Artist Brush and blend out with your finger if necessary. **Tip: The matte highlight worn alone creates a great, natural-looking daytime look for your brows.
  4. Apply the setting wax using the flat end of your Brow Artist Brush to groom brows and keep them in place all day. **Tip: In a hurry and don't have time to complete all steps? use the angled end of your Brow Artist Brush to mix the powders and wax together before applying for a quick look. **Tip: Grab your Lash/Comb Brow Brush and comb the wax through your brows for perfect placement of each hair!
Thanks for letting me share this today!  Any questions--post them below or email me! ;)

Monday, March 13, 2017

fruit pun cards!

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My challenge for these cards was a FRUIT focus--SO super fun, loved using the Happy Place by Scrapbook Circle.
 Individual card pics:
 thanks for the quick visit today!!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

March Madness!

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If you love makeup or are CURIOUS about Younique--come join my VIP group on Facebook!!  Gloss, Color, and Sparkle, March is going to be FUN!

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Remember this.

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I love that my kids still put up with my first day of school pics request.  I guess they know if they don't I will hunt them down... ;)

One of my favorite parts of the So This Happened kit from Scrapbook Circle were the little journaling phrases.  It was hard choosing my favorites-I narrowed it down to the words and phrases that reminded me of my son:

Monday, February 20, 2017

all good things.

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This picture not only makes me giggle but it reminds me how precious life and times with our loved ones are.  This weekend my daughter had flown into town to celebrate my Grandmother’s life.  My girl currently lives 14 hours from me, as you can see even in Walmart we can have fun!
My advice?  Embrace those moments you have with your loved ones–sometimes you are in the moment without a picture.  But then sometimes you can convince people to be just as crazy as you and take a picture and have a silly moment frozen in time. 😉  
All products can be found in the So This Happened kit for February.

Saturday, February 11, 2017


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I'll be honest this is one of my favorite pictures and layouts right now.  I had a lot of fun just playing and creating.
here are some closeups:

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Life is Lovely.

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1.  Branch out with your color choices.  I challenged myself to embrace a different colored background–my go to for card stock is usually white, I was happy to incorporate this lovely shade of pink that went with a few of the papers from the So This Happened Kit.
2. Strips of paper help you to use up scraps AND give some interest to your page.  I’ll be honest, I loved so many papers in this kit I wanted to use them ALL–how do you make that work?  You cut them in strips and add them to the edge of your layout-simple right?
3. Finally I went very light on the embellishments.  I sewed a little and added some mist drops randomly to draw the eye to the pictures–this was a quick simple layout that I actually really like!

Saturday, February 4, 2017

February Special

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 February special!🙌🏻🎉
*Splash Lipstick 💄,(your choice of 10 shades)
*Cream Shadow (your choice 19 shades)
* Lip brush (for free!) 
 Retails for $78 on special for $53!! That's a savings of $25.

Here are your Splash Lipstick choices:
Cream Shadow choices:

This special is good until February 28 or while supplies last.  Gloss Color and Sparkle.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Tuesday, January 31, 2017


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This card literally took less than 10 minutes!  I LOVED working with the Love Notes kit for January from Scrapbook Circle.  My focus was to use the XOXO exclusive piece-when I pulled it from my bag I KNEW I had to use it on the card.
Plastic can be tricky to add to pages or cards-on this card you can see that I stapled one (it's a soft plastic) and I adhered the XOXO with 3M tacky adhesive and it's on there to STAY!

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Pinterest Food Find. Chinese Orange Chicken

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recently we were at my brother-in-law's picking oranges, we had a TON!  I was wondering what I would do with them all and THEN chicken came on sale, I knew exactly what I wanted to make, Orange Chicken-my son's favorite!
(photo/food credit: Damn Delicious)

Chinese Orange Chicken


  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons cornstarch, divided
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame seeds
  • 1 green onion, thinly sliced


  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup distilled white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon Sriracha, or more, to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper


  1. To make the marinade, whisk together chicken broth, orange juice, sugar, vinegar, soy sauce, garlic, orange zest, Sriracha, ginger and white pepper in a large bowl.
  2. In a gallon size Ziploc bag or large bowl, combine chicken and 2/3 cup of the marinade; marinate for at least 30 minutes, turning the bag occasionally. Drain the chicken from the marinade, discarding the marinade.
  3. Heat remaining marinade in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil and stir in 2 tablespoons cornstarch combined with 2 tablespoons water. Cook, stirring frequently, until thickened about 1-2 minutes; keep warm.
  4. Working one at a time, dip the chicken into the eggs, then dredge in remaining 1 cup cornstarch, pressing to coat.
  5. Heat vegetable oil in a large saucepan. Working in batches, add chicken and fry until golden brown and cooked through, about 1-2 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate; discard excess oil.
  6. Serve chicken immediately, tossed or drizzled with the marinade, garnished with sesame seeds and green onion, if desired.

Saturday, January 28, 2017


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I LOVE this guy-we recently celebrated 20 years of marriage!  Love Notes kit from Scrapbook Circle was perfect for this picture my son took at Thanksgiving--(excuse the slight glare on my face) The textures and embellishments made it hard to choose--I'm pretty happy with the result.

closer up:
 Thanks for stopping by today--happy creating!

Friday, January 27, 2017

Friday Funny.

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this honestly made me laugh OUT LOUD:
Totally me as a teenager!

Thursday, January 26, 2017

January Kudos.

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Kudos=deal of the month for Younique

I wanted to quickly share with you the monthly Kudos for Younique-(direct link!) for the month of January there is EXACTLY one week left to order.  It's a GREAT one:
What is REALLY great are that with this kudos there are 3 EXCLUSIVE lip stain colors for January to choose from.  Lip Stains are AWESOME and I really love them.
Here is what the lip stain colors look like:


You also get to choose your Mineral liquid foundation-there are 13 shades to choose from-this is lovingly referred to as "liquid gold" goes on liquid dries to a powder.  If you need help with color matching I can help you with that or you can take this quiz:

Your final choice in this month's Kudos is the Shadow Palette-these are BEAUTIFUL colors and they will last you a LONG time, I've used mine consistently since November and I've barely made a dent!  
My favorites are:

There are several reasons why I LOVE Younique, but one is that my friends in other locations can order for themselves and have it shipped DIRECTLY to you!  It's very simple if you are out of country I may need to help you-Younique is currently available in these markets:

United Kingdom
New Zealand
Hong Kong

If you have ANY questions please ask--I would love to help you!

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Stitch Happy Multi Media Sewing Machine

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Here is the video I made while I attended Creativation 2017 in the We R Memory Keeper's booth-I have not had the opportunity to play with the machine.  What I observed, it is lightweight which really surprised me.  I have a couple of friends who are purchasing this and I can't wait to hear what they say.  I have to budget my funds so I'll just keep using what I have for now.  But here ya go!  Enjoy!

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Creativation 2017-CHA

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So this year I was able to attend CHA, which is now called Creativation and also has a new set of letters (which I can't remember!)  Basically this is where all the new product from the Scrapbooking companies is released.  I was able to reconnect with old friends, visit with Genius ladies who inspire me, and see AWESOME new product and be inspired!  I was able to attend with some of the designers from Scrapbook Circle:

The Heidi Swapp booth was AMAZING of course!  Her hot item were these new planners, and white letter boards--cool thing she has made FULL words to be added to them--GENIUS!
I spy pretty planners!  Her large one was pretty nice--had wire rings but a spine as well with sheet protectors to add pictures.
Heidi is a sweetheart and just chatted and visited with us for about 20 minutes about planners--one of the things she said that really stuck with me is she wants to help "clear the blur" that we get sometimes when it comes to the memory part of memory keeping.  I'm hoping to implement that philosophy with my memory keeping owning it and making it my own.

 I really was impressed with the Make Your Mark line from Bella Blvd.  it is TOTALLY different design wise than anything they have ever done--it's refreshing and just beautiful!
I included this tissue paper wall because it was pretty amazing!  I was also pretty excited that the pen that they carry in the Illustrated Faith line does NOT bleed through your Bible page!  I'm excited to try it! ;)
Lisa Andrews owner of Scrapbook Circle, Tessa Buys, me, and Jenni Calma (Scrapbook Circle crew)

 Jillibean Soup had some beautiful new papers in their Bowl of Dreams line-this line is cute and I really love the colors!
Loved getting a shot with my friends in the Jillibean Soup booth Kimber McGray, Rebecca Keppel (fellow Scrabook Circle designer) and Summer Fullerton--LOVE these girls!
This little sewing machine was pretty sweet!  Coming tomorrow is a 2 minute video I filmed of Aly demonstrating it to us. 
 Webster's pages was very inspiring in the planner, traveler's journal department--I am really excited to get my hands on a traveler's journal-I plan on keeping the memories of my daughter's high school career.  These colors though:
The girls and I playing with new planner inserts--they are GORGEOUS! (both my girls and the paper!)
The American Crafts booth was the largest of the show--they are the parent company to many of our favorites which will be coming to future kits for Scrapbook Circle.

Maggie Holmes was a trooper--she was there with a broken ankle and still her sweet personably self, I have seen her once or twice she is local to me
Elizabeth Kartchner what a talent!
 LOVE this talented Kim Jeffress!  She is such a sweetheart-we both missed last years CHA so it was great to catch up--she inspires me SO much!
 I was super excited to see that Laura Vegas was coming-I totally hunted her down! ;)  She and I go way back in the bloggy/creative world, she has been an inspiration and mentor to me, I was SUPER excited that she was attending this year!
 Pink Fresh Studios--I can't even choose a favorite honestly everything they released I love and we will be seeing it here in upcoming kits--woohoo!  Such sweet TALENTED ladies!
I LOVE meeting new people and Eveline--she is an incredible designer and has some SUPER cute designs with Pinkfresh-she is hilarious!
Was so excited to see my friend Ashley Harris at the show even if it was for a brief moment!
I was literally SO super excited when I saw Wonder Woman--I made EVERYONE stop--she was a great sport! ;)
 okay--this was a SUPER LONG post but I wanted to share this last little pic (I also shared it on my Instagram post)  This is planning future kits for Scrapbook Circle!  I do know we are planning a future planner kit--I am finally on board and excited to switch from Project Life into something for me--I'll keep you in the loop with how I make it work for me!
 Thanks for the visit today!